Dr. Mai Butler received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied with Dr. Paul Barnes. She began learning piano at age six, in her birthplace of Miyazaki, Japan. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Northwest Missouri State University under the tutelage of Dr. Earnest Kramer. While in Missouri, she won the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Piano Concerto Audition, garnering the honor of performing with the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra as a piano soloist. Mai went on to work with Dr. Christopher Fisher at Ohio University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. During her time at Ohio University, she won the Ohio University Concerto Competition and served as the featured piano soloist with the Ohio University Orchestra. Mai achieved second place in the Ohio Graves Young Artist Piano Competition.
Mai Butler enjoys teaching students at any and all levels of pianistic accomplishment. She is passionate about cultivating students’ success and love of music, and is adept at helping students find a suitable pace for instruction in order to achieve their musical goals. From 2008 to 2011, Mai served as a Piano Instructor for Keyboard Skills Classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Wristen, thereby gaining experience in the field of group instruction.
Mai believes that the study of piano is a lifelong endeavor. She gives frequent solo recitals and piano duo recitals with the collaboration of Dr. Feifei Jiang, a magnificent pianist from China. She has received numerous prizes at piano competitions in both the United States and Japan.
Mai has been wonderful. We have seen such an improvement in Hannah’s playing and she is truly enjoying piano. She is always pleasant and encourages us to be in the lessons and more aware of what she is learning. We cannot say enough nice things about her! -Hannah Melton
Mai is very personable and always encourages Miranda to realize her full potential. Mai is very interested in her students’ progress and growth. -Lisa Heidbrink
Bobby has only had Mai as an instructor for a month or so, but she was re-ignited his passion for piano! He is thrilled with her knowledge and skill. This is perfect timing for us — because he is a freshman in high school now and is often being pulled away from lessons for school events, but he is still practicing piano and is still engaged despite missing quite often. And, this interest is obviously linked to her instruction. -Peggy Hart
Miss Mai is a great instructor for Noah. She is very good at getting the details of each song correct. She is very technical. She has given Noah a lot of depth to her piano playing. -Taylor Kohl
Annika loves having Mai as her teacher. Mai has really sparked a new energy in Annika and her love for learning the piano. She is very patient and nurturing in class and praises Annika a lot, which makes Annika want to practice even harder. -Amanda Limbach